While much was made of the marquee grouping of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, only one of the big three delivered: Tiger Woods. The other two fell victim to the dangers that lurk at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Watson fired an 8-over-par 78, while Mickelson carded a 76, leaving two of golf’s biggest stars in danger of missing the cut unless things turn around drastically today.
“[The course] is a lot better than I am,” said Watson, who won the Masters in April. “That golf course is too tough for me.”
Watson struggled with the rough all day, which led to a round that featured seven bogeys and a double bogey.
As for Mickelson, his day started off on the wrong foot when he lost his opening tee shot on the par-4, ninth hole after it was apparently lost in a tree.
“I just let it continue, unfortunately,” Mickelson said. “I wasn’t able to get it stopped.”
Mickelson and Watson weren’t the only pretournament favorites to struggle Thursday, as Luke Donald (79), Rory McIlroy (77) and Zach Johnson (77) all struggled.
Woods, Mickelson and Watson are together again today, teeing off from No. 1 at 1:18 p.m.